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February 21, 2012

Michele Bachmann Leaves No Doubt About Re-Election

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Let there be no doubt, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) staked her claim today on the newly drawn 6th district of Minnesota.

A special court panel drew the Congresswoman’s home into Rep. Betty McCollum’s (D) 4th district, but she forcefully told Roll Call that the 6th district was where she planned to continue her legislative career.

“I wanted to be very clear, unmistakable, unequivocal today out of the gate, I will be running in the 6th district,” she said. “So there was no question so people would be able to make their decisions accordingly as well.”

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Boxer Ends Neutral Stance, Backs Berman Over Sherman

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Rep. Howard Berman has already won more than two-thirds of the California Congressional delegation’s endorsements and picked up another big one today: Sen. Barbara Boxer.

In a letter to Berman today, the California Democrat said she could no longer stay out of Berman’s high-profile race with fellow Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman for the redrawn 30th district in the San Fernando Valley. Her decision to finally enter the fray came in reaction to a recent Sherman direct-mail piece that attempted to use a contribution from the PG&E utility company to a Berman-supporting super PAC as a way to tie Berman to the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion. Full story

Minnesota: Lines Set, Michele Bachmann Will Run in 6th District

Although the newly released Minnesota Congressional reapportionment map has drawn Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) into Rep. Betty McCollum’s (D) 4th district, a Twin Cities Member-vs.-Member race is not in the cards.

Bachmann will continue to run in the 6th district, even though her residence does not fall within the new lines, according to a source in her camp. At first glance, Minnesota Republicans say, the new 6th district actually improves a Republican’s chances of winning.

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February 19, 2012

Massachusetts: Keating Dodges Serious Three-Way Primary in New District

Freshman Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass.) is a political survivor.

He squeaked out a victory in the 2010 primary for his seat, winning against ex-state Sen. Robert O’Leary by only 1,297 votes. And he won his seat in Congress with 47 percent of the vote after a brutal battle with a Republican and a few independent candidates. In redistricting, his 10th district was eliminated and replaced with a new 9th district that didn’t include his home in Quincy.

But Keating managed to land on his feet, changing his primary residence to a summer house on Cape Cod and entering the race with all the benefits of incumbency.

On Wednesday, Keating caught a break. O’Leary won’t run against him in the primary, giving Keating a clearer shot to another term. There are no serious GOP contenders for the district currently in the race, which Roll Call rates as Safe Democratic. Full story

February 16, 2012

Between the Lines: Florida Map Signed into Law

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed a new Congressional map into law that solidifies the huge GOP majority in the Sunshine State’s federal delegation. Democrats are challenging the lines in court, saying they violate a 2010 state constitutional amendment that requires lines to be drawn without “the intent to favor or disfavor a political party or an incumbent.”

“Today Governor Scott signed legislation to establish Congressional Districts of the State,” Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz said in a statement. “Governor Scott respects the Legislature’s prerogative on this subject and believes they have upheld their constitutional duty to redraw Florida’s districts.”

The new map, which has caused one Member-vs.-Member race and some Congressmen to shift districts, can be viewed here.

For more redistricting news, check out our latest Between the Lines column.

Morning Roundup: Member-Vs.-Member Races

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The front page of today’s Roll Call features Shira Toeplitz’s report from the ground in Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio, on the Democratic primary between Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich. Their March 6 contest will be the first of 12 Member-vs.-Member races decided this redistricting cycle.

The numbers in the redrawn 9th district, which stretches 120 miles along Lake Erie’s shoreline, favor Kaptur over Kucinich because it takes in more of her current territory. But, as Toeplitz points out, long odds have never stopped the two-time failed presidential candidate and one-time “boy mayor” of Cleveland from running before. Full story

February 15, 2012

California: NRCC Makes Small Ad Buy Against Jerry McNerney

The National Republican Congressional Committee is launching a Valentine’s Day-themed ad today that ties a California Democrat to President Barack Obama and Solyndra, the failed solar-power company.

The ad against Rep. Jerry McNerney (D) will air on cable for the next two weeks. The NRCC spent a total of $6,175 in the San Francisco and Sacramento media markets. Full story

Texas Primary Likely Pushed Back Again

Hopes are dimming that Texas will have much influence in the GOP presidential contest, thanks to redistricting litigation.

Legal fighting over the Congressional map has already pushed back the primary date from March 6 to April 3. Now, U.S. Circuit Judge Jerry Smith has told Texas Republicans that the primary will be held May 29, although that date is not official, the Associated Press reports.

Such a late date vastly undercuts the Lone Star State’s relevance in the GOP presidential primary.

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Pennsylvania: Mark Critz Poll Shows Him Trailing Jason Altmire by 10 Points

Rep. Mark Critz’s (D) campaign released an internal polling memo today that showed him trailing his opponent, Rep. Jason Altmire (D), by 10 points.

Altmire led Critz, 47 percent to 37 percent, in the survey.

Keystone State Republicans moved Critz and Altmire into the same southwestern district when they redrew the Congressional map last year. Pennsylvania lost a House seat following reapportionment.

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February 14, 2012

Pennsylvania: GOP Leaders Threaten to Move Primary Date

Chaos over the state legislative redistricting maps might delay Pennsylvania’s April 24 primary — a move that would effect Congressional and presidential races, too.

A later primary would give the Keystone State less prominence on the presidential nominating calendar, as well as influence several House contests, including the high-profile primary between Democratic Reps. Jason Altmire and Mark Critz in the redrawn 12th district.

Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered a state redistricting commission to redraw its controversial proposal for the legislative districts. But there’s growing concern the state Legislative Reapportionment Commission will not have enough time to pass new maps.

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New York: Court Steps Into Redistricting Morass

A federal judge has begun the process of moving New York’s Congressional redistricting toward the courts.

In an order released Monday night, Brooklyn U.S. District Court Judge Dora Irizarry asked the chief judge of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to appoint a three-judge panel to appoint a special master to draw Congressional lines. She cited the impending Congressional candidate petitioning process, set to begin on March 20, as an impetus for the ruling. Full story

February 13, 2012

Between the Lines: Federal Redistricting Lawsuit in Virginia Dismissed

One of two lawsuits filed by Virginia residents over the General Assembly’s inability to complete Congressional redistricting last year was dismissed in federal court Friday.

According to the office of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed the case brought by six residents in part “based on its finding that the recent actions of the General Assembly in passing a new redistricting rendered the case moot.”

The decision came one day after the state House of Delegates unanimously approved a bill that would push back the Congressional primaries from June 12 to Aug. 21 — a move requested by Cuccinelli in reaction to the lawsuits. The emergency bill must be passed by the state Senate and signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R). Full story

February 10, 2012

Connecticut Supreme Court Rules on Redistricting Map

The Connecticut Supreme Court announced today that it has adopted a map for the state’s redistricting.

An independent expert known as “the special master” drew the map, according to the Associated Press.

Republicans had complained earlier this week that the special master’s plan did not adequately redraw the lines of the 5th Congressional district, according to the Associated Press, but the court rejected the GOP’s argument today.

The 5th district is considered the most competitive in the state. Currently, Rep. Christopher Murphy (D) holds the seat, but the race in the fall will be for an open seat because Murphy is running for Senate.

The state Supreme Court was tasked with redistricting after a state commission was unable to agree on a map.

The state did not lose or gain a seat in reapportionment.

Kentucky: New Lines Strengthen Ben Chandler

At long last, Kentucky’s Congressional delegation can break out the bourbon.

After weeks of Sturm und Drang, the split state Legislature passed a solid incumbent-protection map this afternoon. It will be signed into law by Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear today.

“I’m signing this bill today to provide certainty to this process so candidates can file for office,” Beshear said in a statement. “Redistricting is always a partisan process, and no redistricting plan will please everybody.”

One person who is pleased: Democratic Rep. Ben Chandler, who won an extremely close race in 2010 against Lexington attorney Andy Barr (R). Chandler faces a rematch, but in a better-performing district. He is now expected to comfortably win re-election.

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Florida: Mica Takes On Adams in Member-Vs.-Member Race

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. John Mica officially announced his bid for re-election in Florida’s proposed 7th district today, confirming a race versus fellow Republican Rep. Sandy Adams.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure chairman’s likely move was reported earlier this week. Adams, a freshman, announced Jan. 30 that she would run in the 7th.

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